James Comey Got Sloppy at a Critical Moment

This boggles the mind.

James Comey has an important job as director of the FBI. He was involved in highly controversial stuff before the last presidential election and after.  The decisions that he made and the comments he made about those decisions are HUGELY important.

In light of this, you would think that the dude would remember what happened. And you would be dead wrong.

Comey just testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee where he was asked lots of questions about what happened. It was his second chance to explain stuff.


We are not talking about making a mistake over an obscure detail. Here is what Comey said

Perhaps Comey’s most surprising revelation was that Huma Abedin — Weiner’s wife and a top Clinton deputy — had made “a regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton messages to her husband, “some of which contain classified information.” Comey testified that Abedin had done this so that the disgraced former congressman could print them out for her boss.

Problem number one

According to two sources familiar with the matter — including one in law enforcement — Abedin forwarded only a handful of Clinton emails to her husband for printing — not the “hundreds and thousands” cited by Comey. It does not appear Abedin made “a regular practice” of doing so.

Problem number 2

It was not clear how many, if any, of the forwarded emails were among the 12 “classified” emails Comey said had been found on Weiner’s laptop. None of the messages carried classified markings at the time they were sent.

In other words, in his testimony, Comey gave a totally false impression that Abedin was engaged in a regular practice of doing something that — had she intended it — would have violated the law. So what next?

FBI officials have privately acknowledged that Comey misstated what Abedin did and what the FBI investigators found. On Monday, the FBI was said to be preparing to correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week. But that plan now appears on hold, with the bureau undecided about what to do.

Given the importance of the matter as a political question — not to mention the importance to Comey regaining his own credibility — one would have thought that the man would have been prepared to testify. Apparently, he was not.  WTF!


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